Suzanne Rochet

Suzanne Rochet

Female 1667 - 1741  (73 years)

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  • Name Suzanne Rochet 
    Born 13 Apr 1667   Sedan, Ardennes, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 1741  Powhatan Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3897  avefamily
    Last Modified 8 Oct 2010 

    Family Abraham Michaux,   b. Abt 1672, Sedan, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1741, Powhatan Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years) 
    Married 13 Jul 1692  Amsterdam, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location 
    +1. Olive Judith Michaux,   b. Unknown, Unknown Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jul 1763, Cumberland Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 8 Oct 2010 
    Family ID F159  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "Little Nightcap" COLONIAL VIRGINIA by Richard L. Morton

      "The most interesting story relating to the Huguenots of Manakin Town is that of Suzanne Rochet. After Revocation of Edict of Nantes in 1658, the refugee daughters of Moses Rochet wrote from Amsterdam to their father in France to send them their youngest sister, Suzanne. Since the French government was keeping strict watch to prevent escape of Huguenots from the country the Rochets always referred to Suzanne as "the Little Nightcap". After several unsuccessful attempts to send his daughter past the Guards, Rochet finally smuggled her out of the country to Holland thru the aid of a friendly ship-captain. In the French Church Amsterdam Suzanne married July 1692 Abraham Michaux, a Huguenot refugee from Sedan. By 1705 they and their children had joined the colony at Manakin Town"
      Baptised: 13 Apr 1667.
      Surname sometimes seen as "Rochelle."
      Susannah lived near the winding river Meuse, just a few miles northwest of the beautiful city of Sedan, 130 m. North of Paris, in the province of Champagne, France. She was brought up by Protestant parents who looked after her education until the creuel edict of Nantes closed their school, and the Romish priests wished to take her from her parents, and to send her to one of their own schools that they might make her a Papist. Unwilling to have the principles of his daughter poisoned by Romish teachers, she was sent to Amsterdam, Holland, by her parents to reside with cousins. Some faithful Huguenots, who dressed in woman's clothes to avoid detection, helped the refugees to make their escape. These men were called "Night-walkers." They got away from Sedan, but were captured by soldiers and sent to prison. She was allowed to be taken back to France. Her two older sisters made their way to Holland. Here they found a home in Amsterdam, where they were kindly received into the Dutch Reformed Church. They wrote to their father to send them the "Little Night Cap" they had left behind. Little Night Cap being a code word or pet name for Susanne. After various unsuccessful efforts, their father had Susanne put in a hogshead ‎‎(barrell)‎‎ and intrusted it to a friendly sea captain who had it placed on board his ship. God preserved her and brought her safely to Amsterdam, where he sisters received her with great joy. The two older sisters both married and moved to the West Indies. When grown, Susanne married Abraham Micheaux, who was a good, industrious man who was also a Huguenot refugee. They remained in Holland for some years, and by their combined industry, acquired a sum of money sufficient to remove to America. They then embraced an offer made to the Huguenot refugees by King William of England to settle in the colony of Virginia. They landed in Stafford County, Virginia on the banks of the Potomac River. In a few years, the Micheaux family oved from Stafford to a settlement of Huguenots on James River, called Manikin Town, where they lived in peace and prosperity. They had 12 children, from whom many of the most pious and patriotic citizens of Virginia are descended. They intermarried with the Woodsons, Mortons, Venables, Watkins, Flournoys, Carringtons and others. Elizabeth, the 10th, and Magdalen, the 11th child, married respectively Richard and Sanborne Woodson. Richard Woodson's daughter, Agnes, married a Virginia Pioneer, Joseph Morton, who moved to Charlotte Co., and settled near Little Roanoke Bridge.

      Will: To son John Paul Michaux, plantation where I live, bequeathed to me by my deceased husband, Abraham Michaux, 100 acres, with all rest of my estate and he to be executor. Dated 2 mar 1741. Wit: John Fleming, Wade Netherland, Anthony Morgan. Recorded 18 Dec 1744. pg. 475. ‎‎(Goochland Co., Va. Wills, 1742-1749)‎‎

      Rochet Genealogy, pp 368, 374
      VA Mag, Vol. 44, p. 369
      "The Huguenot," No. 15, p. 81-86 ‎‎(Little Nightcap article)‎‎